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  • Anyone done any digging into the Degenetron in Vice City?

    It's an arcade machine advertised on the radio, and from what I've read, most descriptions consider it a parody of early 80's consoles like the Atari 2600

    Now, me and Cfox306 were doing some digging into this a few years back, and we noticed a couple strange things:

    In the Area 53 talk show on San Andreas, Marvin Trill mentions the console:

    "I hear what you’re saying about video games. People are dying every day of Malaria and it’s all because of the messages planted in our minds from that Degenertron in the 80s"

    In the radio ads on Vice City, it's said that a strange man comes to empty the machines each week.

    Anyway, what makes those statements weird is a real life urban legend Cfox was looking into at the time: Polybius.

    "Polybius is an alleged 1981 arcade game described in a 1998 urban legend...

    The urban legend is that the game was part of a gornment-run crowdsourced psychology experiment, with gameplay producing intense psychoactive and addictive effects in the player. These few publicly staged arcade machines were said to have been visited periodically by men in black for the purpose of data-mining the machines and analysing these effects."

    So to recap, here are our parallels:

    Polybius: described in a 90's urban legend to be capable of mind control.

    Degenertron: described in a 90's conspiracy show to be capable of mind control.

    Polybius: emptied periodically by strange men.

    Degenertron: emptied periodically by a strange man.

    Polybius: described to be mind-destroyingly addictive

    Degenertron: described in the advertisements to be mind-destroyingly addictive

    Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have a mind-controlling video game on our hands in VC.

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